The North Carolina Physicians Health Program
The Board refers to the North Carolina Physicians Health Program [“PHP”] licensees whose health and effectiveness have been significantly impaired by alcohol, drug addiction or mental illness. PHP offers identification, intervention, and rehabilitation programs that are non-disciplinary and confidential. PHP was established to promote a coordinated and effective peer review process.
Information concerning potential impairments may be received by PHP through reports from sources other than the Board. Upon receipt of information of a potential impairment, PHP will conduct an assessment as soon as possible. Licensees with potential impairments may be required to submit to personal interviews before the PHP Medical Director or a designee. When an initial assessment reveals that further assessment, treatment or monitoring is indicated, PHP will advise the licensee and the referral source of its findings and recommendations. PHP will develop a treatment plan designed to ensure that the licensee is safe to practice.
If a licensee is referred to PHP by the Board, and if it finds that treatment or monitoring are appropriate, PHP will ask the licensee to sign a monitoring contract in order to become an active participant in the Program. If the licensee chooses not to sign a monitoring contract, PHP may refer the licensee to the Board for potential disciplinary action.
If a licensee is self-referred and if PHP finds that treatment or monitoring are appropriate, the Program will ask the licensee to sign a monitoring contract in order to become a participant in the Program. Participants generally are required to submit urine or other specimens if requested by the Program. Participants may be required to submit to periodic personal interviews with the Medical Director or a designee. Treatment providers are required to submit reports regarding a licensee’s rehabilitation and performance to PHP. PHP also may require and monitor any post-treatment support. Post-treatment support may include family counseling, advocacy, after care support groups, self-help groups and other services and programs deemed appropriate to improve recoveries.